Monthly Archives: March 2017

Stroll on by Simpson Park Gardens

Learn about our wonderful Simpson Park Gardens! Join us at the Monthly stroll- we look forward to seeing your there.

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Spring is here and . . .

the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in Arlington is here with a host of services and programs to help you with all your landscape and gardening needs!! FREE Seeds for vegetables and flowers are available during office hours. “Take all you want, … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring in the Shade Garden

By Dina Lehmann-Kim, Master Gardener To any garden visitor strolling through Bon Air Park’s Shade Garden in mid-January, clumps of snowdrops would have immediately captured their attention given the backdrop of mostly barren garden beds filled with fallen brown leaves. … Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebells)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Spring has finally sprung when the pink buds of Mertensia virginica show themselves in late winter and early spring, evolving from being coiled up like a scorpion’s tail to opening to deep pink or blue … Continue reading

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Master Gardeners and the 4-H Junior Master Gardeners Program

Cultivating an interest in gardening – Volunteers welcome! by Susan Wilhem, Master Gardener Intern Basic gardening provides an exciting opportunity to help young people develop curiosity about and appreciation of gardening and the natural world.   In Arlington and Alexandria, 4-H … Continue reading

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Crazy Mixed up February (and March!)

by Judy Funderburk, Master Gardener “Spring” … sprung or unsprung? In the middle of what is supposed to be winter, when the days are still relatively short and the nights long, the plants in the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden are … Continue reading

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Notes from the Organic Vegetable Garden

By Master Gardener Nancy Dowling  Satisfaction to this gardener is coming back to the Organic Vegetable Garden in March after a 4-month break and seeing beds filled with green foliage. We did absolutely nothing to this garden after we put it … Continue reading

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April Public Education Events

The following are free public education events for April 2017.  They are open to all! Printable Flyer – MGNV March 2017 Public Education Events Printable Flyer – Garden Talks at Arlington Central Library 2017 Sustainable Landscaping 3: Plant Selection, Design … Continue reading

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TREE: Amelanchier arborea (Downy Serviceberry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Common in woodlands throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, this native provides seasonal interest from early spring blossoms through vivid fall color. Edible fruit is ready for picking early summer, but there will be fierce competition with the … Continue reading

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Gardening as Occupational Therapy

By Master Gardener Puja Gellerman Gardening, as a purposeful and meaningful activity, has been cited as far back as 1932 in Occupational Therapy literature (Wagenfeld & Atchison, 2014, p. 1). At that time, Occupational Therapists (OTs) worked primarily in hospitals … Continue reading

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